Jérôme & Cosette

Cosette

Nudity is a state of vulnerability that we must understand.

Acting in the theater and posing for painters or Jérôme have allowed me to get closer to the challenges of artistic creation. 
Artists are looking for something without knowing exactly what it is, nor how, nor when it might appear.

I am absolutely fascinated by the mystery surrounding all artistic creation.
My work is to make this creation possible.
Artists are sensitive and much more vulnerable than you may think. They need to be understood and encouraged. The same holds true for all the people who support them in their undertakings.
Models are not puppets. There are real partners who are absolutely decisive in the process. They are the ones who first and foremost expose themselves to other people’s eyes. Nudity is a state of vulnerability that we must understand.

Before photo shoots, we always take time to listen to each other. Once trust has been established, the model can get totally involved in our work. Everyone’s real personality comes out, so we have to reinvent new rules each time. But I always try to create a warm, positive environment in which all three of us feel respected and loved. During the sessions, I make sure that the pictures themselves are taken cheerfully and peacefully.

Breathing underlies all movement and guarantees the right gesture.


Jérome

I take photographs to see!

If photography only consisted in giving shape to what we have already imagined, it would be of no special interest. You have to try to bring out things that are, a priori, unimaginable.

I do the best I can to record everything that makes up the scene. The person being photographed is supported by Cosette, and that lets me fully concentrate on my work as an observer. I take photographs to see!

And yet, I’m not interested in trying to make an absolutely perfect picture. I need to understand what is important in what I see before me and I have to determine what means I could use to clearly restitute that in the new context of the photograph.
I like to use different photographic methods, different techniques and different lighting, but the subject remains a human understanding of the world and not art for art’s sake.

Our photos are absolutely inoffensive and are for everybody. For us to really bring out something new, we have to do everything we can to destroy our limits and to accept to move forward toward the unknown.


1986

Jérôme and Cosette, Reunion Island, 1986

In 1986, Jérôme (born in 1963) met Cosette (born in 1966) at a theater on Reunion Island.

Jérôme was a photographer for the Regional Cultural Affairs Department, having just graduated with the first graduating class of the National School of Photography in Arles. He came from the South of France and took up photography at the age of 13. For him is was an instrument of observation, refuge and discovery.

Cosette was an actress, mime, puppeteer and assistant director. She regularly posed for a painter. She was a Creole with multiple origins, very close to nature. With the theater she discovered herself and found refuge.

They discovered each other through their sensitivities and from then on Jérôme regularly photographed Cosette. They progressively found a poetic language to show the deep correspondence between the body and nature.

They now live and work together.

In 2016, they gathered their pictures together and decided to expand their work to include everyone.
Since then, they have been crisscrossing Europe in a little converted van, taking pictures of men and women of all ages, naked in nature, to see what the result is.